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Designing and aligning e-science security culture with design.




The purpose of this paper is to identify the key cultural concepts affecting security in multi-organisational systems, and to align these with design techniques and tools. A grounded theory model of security culture was derived from the related security culture literature and empirical data from an e-Science project. Influencing concepts were derived from these, and aligned with recent work on techniques and tools for usable secure systems design. Roles and responsibility, sub-cultural norms and contexts, and different perceptions of requirements were found to be influencing concepts towards a culture of security. These concepts align with recent work on personas, environment models, and related tool support. This paper contributes a theoretically and empirically grounded model of security culture. This is also the first paper explicitly aligning key concepts of security culture to design techniques and tools.


FAILY, S. and FLÉCHAIS, I. 2010. Designing and aligning e-science security culture with design. Information management and computer security [online], 18(5): selected papers from the South African information security multi-conference (SAISMC 2010), 17-18 May 2010, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, pages 339-349. Available from:

Journal Article Type Conference Paper
Conference Name South African information security multi-conference (SAISMC 2010)
Conference Location Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Acceptance Date Nov 23, 2010
Online Publication Date Nov 23, 2010
Publication Date Dec 31, 2010
Deposit Date Sep 29, 2021
Publicly Available Date Dec 21, 2021
Journal Information Management & Computer Security
Print ISSN 0968-5227
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 5
Pages 339-349
Keywords Systems theory; Systems security; Data security; User-centered design; Software engineering
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